About This Site

What’s all this then?

Dead Programmer’s Cafe is basically a rather unfocused blog with a few running themes. I write a lot about New York City and in particular subway, architecture and NYPD. There are a lot of posts about weird food, all things caffeinated, logos and symbols, stuff made out of unobtainium. I take lots and lots of pictures, sometimes with a running theme also, like the 100 Views of the Empire State Building. Sometimes, I even write about my dreams.

Why do I blog?

Mostly in a hope of making friends and improving my writing. Dead Programmer’s Cafe started as a website in 1996 or 1997. It became a Livejournal blog, and now is a customized WordPress blog. About the name: The name is an obscure pun on a Russian sci-fi novel “Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel” (“Inspector Glebsky’s Puzzle” in English translation) by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. In hindsight, this is a poor choice of a name for a weblog. A bit morbid, a bit confusing. A lot of people are probably thinking – hey, it’s a Grateful Dead-loving hippie. Also, I almost rarely write about computer programming.


The picture on the left is a piece of commissioned original art by Jesse Reklaw. The masthead is a munged illustration from some pulp magazine in my collection.

Blogging software:WordPress.

Hosting: Linode

Cameras: EOS1 Ds (current)   Canon Digital Rebel XT   Canon Digital RebelCanon Powershot G5Canon Powershot G3

Lenses:Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USMCanon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Espresso Machine:Reneka Techno Aerobie Aeropress

Espresso:Kaffe 1668 Espresso VivaceVictrola CoffeeJoe the Art of Coffee

Fancy Photo borders: Photo/Graphic Edges

What others thought about deadprogrammer.com :

Joel on Software: “deadprogrammer, whose website Deadprogrammer’s Cafe best illustrates, through beautiful photonarratives, my theory that “New York is the kind of place where ten things happen to you every day on the way to the subway that would have qualified as interesting dinner conversation in Bloomington, Indiana, and you don’t pay them any notice.”

 Blogwandering: “wonderfully weird and quirky”

TheWebFarm Blogs “DeadProgrammer’s Cafe This is a rather clever and interestng site that i wish i had found a while ago.”

thisdarkqualm: “you might also take a longer look at deadprogrammer, an interesting new-to-me photo-blog I came across via one of those websites that I think I’m too chicken to link to”.

TheWebFarm Blogs “DeadProgrammer’s Cafe This is a rather clever and interestng site that i wish i had found a while ago.”

bbum’s blog-o-mat: “Dead Programmer’s Cafe is some powerful good stuff. Interesting writing and awesome photography”.

Mrhipster: “another dorky blog dude who likes to take pictures of random things around the city”.

baus.net: a fun blog, that you might not already know about: Dead Programmer’s cafe. It has a lot of great pictures of NYC, with some programming insight thrown in for good measure.

coffeefog.com: “We heart deadprogrammer.”

rich: “a NY programmer, I guess, doing you know, stuff”

Lightning_Gyroscope: “Cool stuff here”

bolinar.com : “Este programador que imigrou para os EUA aos 16 anos, escreve sobre a cidade em que vive, suas viagens e outros tópicos que acha interessantes. As fotos são um destaque do blog.  Este certamente é um dos blogs em que me inspirei para criar este que você está lendo, portanto vale uma visita ao Deadprogrammer’s Cafe.”